‘Magna Carta for Barangays’ taking shape in Congress

POSTED: Thursday, March 17th, 2011

BARANGAYS DESERVE THE BEST FROM GOVERNMENT – VALENCIA

Stressing that barangay officials deserve the best from government, Oriental Mindoro Rep. Rodolfo G. Valencia stated on March 16 they should be considered as regular government employees under his proposed “Magna Carta for Barangays.”

“Barangay officials deserved due recognition for their crucial role and contributions to nation building.  They truly deserve more,” said Congressman Valencia, who is chairman of the House committee on Housing and Urban Development.

Valencia’s Magna Carta for Barangays, under House Bill 4232, shall consider barangay officials as regular government employees with fixed salaries, allowances, insurance, medical and dental coverage, retirement benefits and other fringe benefits to which regular government employees are entitled to.

Likewise, the Valencia initiative provides all barangays in the country basic priorities such as regular supply of clean and potable water, public transportation, schools, health centers and Barangay halls, among other requirements.

At present, Valencia noted that these officials who retire from the service are not being given their due importance as regards their retirement benefits considering their valuable part of their lives have been devoted to public service.  “The barangay also serves as the basic training ground for future leaders of the nation,

Under HB 4232, barangay officials will be automatic members of the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) and will be entitled to membership to Pag-Ibig and PhilHealth to ensure assistance in housing and health needs.

As government employees, Valencia pointed out, they will be contributor to the coffers of the government as they will pay taxes arising from their salaries.

“The contribution and the crucial role that they play in nation building are immeasurable.  Being the smallest unit of the government, it is the foundation on which the rest of the government’s institutions are built on.  The barangay is indeed the smallest yet greatest political unit of our democratic society,” Valencia stressed.

Those covered by the regularization on employment are punong barangay (village chief), Sangguniang Barangay members, the Sangguniang Kabataan chairman, the barangay secretary and barangay treasurer.

Likewise, all employees of barangays shall be entitled to have some form of compensation such as representation and transportation allowances (RATA), which is to be determined by each barangay according to their capacity but in no case lower than the minimum daily wage law as per ceilings set by the respective Regional Wage Board.  They shall also be provided with medical/dental or health insurance.

The Magna Carta also provide the right of each barangay to have a regular supply of clean and potable water, to have public transportation available at least once a day, and at least have one public elementary school and, under certain conditions, one public high school.

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